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, here is wolf. >>> i'm wolf blitzer in washington. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world to a special edition of "the situation room." for the next hour i'll take you behind the scenes to my extraordinary trip to egypt. to see if democracy is taking hold or being threatened. i had some very tough questions for egypt's new president. stand by for morning exclusive reporting. >>> i have covered the middle east for decades, but learned a lot during my trip to egypt, i saw firsthand how one of the united states's most important friends in the middle east is struggling after its revolution two years ago. i spent more than an hour talking exclusively with the egyptian president, mohamed morsi. he welcomed me to his presidential palace in cairo. and i toured the city's famous tahrir square, where the arab spring demonstrations changed the course of history. i stood in tahrir square days ago, the symbol of the revolution was largely deserted. it looked very different two years ago, during those intense days leading up to the overthrow of the egyptian presiden
and doing an excellent, excellent job. right now i want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer here in washington, d.c. we're right across from the president of the united states on the reviewing stand. there it is, the reviewing stand on the north lawn of the white house. kate bolduan is here, jim acosta is here and we're in "the situation room," a special edition of the situation room watching the wind river dancers from the wind river reservation in wyoming performing for the president of the united states. he's still there. he's still in the reviewing stand. the first lady, sasha and malia have gone inside. i suspect they have to get ready for the balls for tonight. >> it's a very special day, obviously, but a very long day for the president and first lady. up next, they will get ready and head to the balls and greet all of their supporters. as we see, up next here, on our parade root is the canine companions for independence out of virginia. >> you want to see animals, you see animals. >> it's finally all happening for me. >> these ar
. >>> all right. the united states marine corps band is now going by the reviewing stand. the president is there with the co comb don't of the u.s. marine corps. now it's the marines. it's the marines turn. so you know what, let's pay homage. let's respect the united states marines. ♪ ♪ that is a beautiful shot. the u.s. marine corps being honored. now the chinese-american community center folk dance troupe from delaware, the home state of the vice president of the united states. we're getting a little different cultural -- this is a little cultural dancing. but who knew they were from delaware, these dancers have performed, by the way, not only here, but the kennedy center, the smithsonian, the wilmington brand opera house, play house theater, national theater. this is an excellent, excellent folk dance troupe. >> as you look close, you can see these people are working really hard as they're approaching. this is the tail end of their parade as they get to the reviewing stand so they're really working hard. >> they haven't had a lot of time to practice. the election ended, then the
to undergo a background check and pay a fine and back taxes before gaining legal status in the united states. all that is contingent on securing borders. the proposal provides for increased use of drones, more personnel and improved infrastructure and it would create an employment verification system and improve the process for admitting needed workers. cnn chief congressional correspondent dana bash and cnn chief white house correspondent jessica yellin are working the story. dana, the tone was pretty optimistic up on capitol hill today. >> it sure was but, you know, we have seen this movie before, you and i, wolf, and a lot of other people watching this issue go kind of up and down with the partisan wins. but this is something that is different this time. because of something very simple. and that is what happened in the last election to republicans. particularly mitt romney with the latino voters. he lost big time. and that's why when i asked senator mccain and others who were standing right here where i'm standing, half a dozen years ago, why this is different, that's why they answered t
this fight. when the smoke cleared, the first south carolina was still standing. and the calvary unit was gone. only two soldiers, one from each side died that night. but history had been made. >> we'll never forget those men. and i'm teary about that, because that is a sacrifice to our country that they have laid down. not just to their country, but to their race. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> very well said. >> a battlefield unmarked. but remembered. >> think back, 150 years ago, here is where the slaves that were brought from the coast of africa proved that they were men. this is the area where black soldiers from the first south carolina earned their right to be called soldiers. >> told you that you would like it. my thanks to our producer, nice job with that. >>> women will soon take up position on the front lines of battle, as soon as the final acts of defense secretaries, one of the final acts of defense secretary leon panetta that this week lifted a ban of unit in combat units. but for one combat unit in the air force this is nothing new. their women have been side by side wi
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blitzer begins right now. >> don, thanks very much. happening now, the united states senator talks about the traumatic day she tried to find a pulse by putting her finger into the bullet hole of a colleague who had just been shot. now she wants to ban 158 kinds of assault weapons. dispute all the iphones, the tablets, ipods and a whole lot more there are out there, perhaps in your hands right now, apple's day as a wall street darling potentially, potentially could be over. wait until you hear how the stock got clobbered today and why. >>> and football star manti te'o opens up about the hoax that fooled him and the rest of the country. it's the interview that so many people have been waiting for. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with a new effort to ban 158 specific assault-style weapons and prohibit other guns from using magazines containing more than ten rounds of ammunition. those are just two of the provisions of a bill put forward today by united states senator whose own hands were bloodied by one of the most notorious shootings in california history. da
full coverage this hour. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin this hour with the breaking news, americans are among a number of westerners taken hostage in algeria during an attack on a gas production field. at least two people are reported dead in the attack by islamic militants which the united states is now calling a terrorist act. our pentagon correspondent, barbara starr, is standing by. i know she has details. they are sketchy right now but what are you learning? >> this is operated by british p petroleum and the challenge tonight is getting basic information, basic intelligence about what has happened, who is there, how many hostages, how many militants, the layout of the facility. they need basic information. they are working urgently with the algerian government to learn everything that they can, wolf. >> i know the pentagon gets involved in contingency planning and don't wait for things to get resolved. what do we know, what are we learning about what is going on behind the s
dress, coat, fashion and such little time talking about the president of the united states and the overcoat he's wearing? what cab you tell us about that overcoat? >> well, i will ask him, wolf, but i will say i have an answer. she's more beautiful than he is and a better dresser. but other than that -- >> the poor men always get neglected, right? the president looks great. >> he had a very important tie choice to make today. it looks like he coordinated with her. >> he was definitely coordinated. his blue tie was really the final detail to the entire obama family and their color scheme. >> everybody gets a new outfit. i'm always wondering this. i just got married. my now husband got a new suit for the wedding but, you know, he didn't have to. men can -- did he get a new suit for the inauguration or did he wear a suit he already had? >> i would hope he got a new suit today. it's a great day. new year, new term. >> he did, he had a new suit for the last inauguration. i believe it was a tailor out of chicago who designed his suit. so certainly you would think he might have an
, one of the final acts of defense secretary leon panetta that this week lifted a ban of unit in combat units. but for one combat unit in the air force this is nothing new. their women have been side by side with men fighting on the ground for more than a decade. that story will air an hour from now on cnn, and we'll debate that an hour from now, one guest says they shouldn't do it. and that is a woman. "the situation room" begins now with wolf blitzer. >>> a senator who experienced the horror of bullets and blood launches a fight to ban military-style weapons. >>> plus, joe biden's aha moment as vice president. and would he run against hillary clinton? stand by for our exclusive interview. >>> and we'll take you behind the scenes of hillary clinton's world and get an insider's take on whether or not she will run for president again. we want to welcome our viewers from the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." we begin with the national fight over guns and gun violence, the obama administration is falling through on its promise to take its
direct part in new un sanctions. this is in the wake of new north korean threats against the united states. cnn pentagon correspondent looked into how dangerous the nuclear capability really is. what are you hearing there sf. >> the rhetoric out of pyongyang is very hot. the question you raise is the one the administration has to take a look at. how real and dangerous is the nuclear threat? >> north korea's latest saber rattles threatening the south just one day after pyongyang said they will have missiles and conduct a new nuclear test leaving now doubt kim jung un is not giving up his father's nuclear program. >> they have the capability to conduct the tests in a way that make it very difficult to determine whether or not they are doing. >> there signs they are ready to test if ordered. >> they are maintaining fairly high state of readiness at the test site. if the order is given from pyongyang to go ahead, they can probably conduct the test in a few weeks. >> satellite shows a tunnel entrance where the device may undergo final assembly, a bunker for personnel and equipment and a
. happening right now, an emotional and very historic day on capitol hill. a brand new united states congress is sworn in and with it a new hope for reaching across the aisle. >>> some of the cases may be knew, but many of the tough issues that have to be tackled certainly haven't changed. so is is there any real chance of getting anything done? >>> and nearly three weeks since the devastating massacre, sandy hook elementary students return to school. we'll go there for a live report. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> an extra ordinary nar day here in washington. the 113th congress takes office ushering in, in a moment, what appeared to be a renewed push for bipartisanship on the heels of what has been an extremely tumultuous week of gridlock. one of the most striking moments of the day is this, a very emotional house speaker john boehner taking the gavel after being voted in by his colleagues to another term. >> put simply, worse than not to be something but to do something. [ applause ] or as like to call it, doing the right thing. it's a big job and it comes with big c
at the same time profoundly wrong on some of the biggest national security threats confronting the united states today. he's a good man, but this is a wrong job for him because he's certainly outside of the national security mainstream. >> you're going to see my interview with senator cornyn during our 5:00 p.m. eastern hour. that's our next hour. we'll get specific about why senator cornyn thinks hagel's the wrong man for the job. let's dig a little deeper with our chief political analyst gloria borger. why do you think -- i know you're speaking to a lot of folks, the president held firm, refused to be kowtowed, refused to give up on hagel? >> that's right, wolf, as you know, we've been reporting hagel was his top choice since sort of early/mid-december and i don't think that really wavered even in the face of all this criticism that has come out. first, the president obviously believes that he's qualified. he's a decorated war veteran. in the congress, he served on the foreign relations and intelligence committees. he's co-chair of the president's intelligence advisory board. i think th
an elaborate sex slave network right here in the united states. you will not believe the conditions the women had to endure. >>> i'm wolf blitzer here on the national wall in washington. behind me the west front of the u.s. capitol where president barack obama will take the oath of office on monday. we're counting down to the inauguration. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with what we now know is the ongoing hostage crisis in algeria. right now it's unclear how many americans are being held by terrorists. but we do know the united states, the obama administration has rejected an offer to exchange an undisclosed number of american hostages. other hostages have been freed and hair he would winning new details are emerging about their treatment. for the details, let's bring in jill dougherty. she's over at the state department. jill? >> wolf, just a few minutes ago here at the state department i was upstairs, secretary clinton meeting with the japanese foreign minister and both of them discussing this crisis in algeria. she said that she had spoken yet again with her algerian counter
's going to fall apart because he knows his democrats are pretty much united on this but it's the republican party that's split. it's also the republican party that really needs to try and win back hispanic be voters. >> i want to continue this. i'm going to show our viewers a picture. they started roll call in the senate confirmation of john kerry to be the next secretary of state. he will be confirmed. he was unanimously confirmed by the senate foreign relations committee and now he's going to be confirmed by this senate and then the president will have a swearing in ceremony for him. so this confirmation process is moving quickly, gloria, for john kerry. we'll let our viewers know the final vote once it occurs. not all republicans, as you know, are on board. john mccain, mark clindsey graham, there are others that are totally opposed. listen to marsha blackburn. she was on "starting point" earlier tu a day. >> i want to make sure that it is not amnesty. but i have to tell you that this is some of the particulars and legislative language that people want to see. what we've
with a deadly storm here in the eastern part of the united states. there is wind damage all across the southeast, some of it from tornadoes. one death is reported in tennessee, another in georgia. right now the worst weather is crossing georgia. cnn's miguel marquez is in adairsville where there is significant damage. tell us what is going on. >> reporter: huge damage. at least one person, we understand, was killed when a building collapsed but fortunately not where i'm standing, at least not that we know of. this entire area -- this looks like it was someone's -- part of somebody's lunch that was being made is here. across the road, this is the main road in adairsville, georgia. two roads are completely destroyed. you can see the cars that are flipped over and semitrucks are flipped over as well. you can see this was a plant making heavy machinery this morning, 50 to 100 people in this thing. it is completely demolished. everyone, everyone made it out alive and fine. we talked to a couple of employees who said they hid in the bathroom and prayed and prayed but they finally were able to get out
president obama intends to end it for the united states. after meeting with hamid karzai at the white house, the president said the u.s. will probably be able to speed up, to accelerate plan troop withdraws. some americans will remain, presumably, their role, though, potentially becoming clearer. our white house correspondent brianna keilar is joining us. breakdown for us what came out of this meeting. >> reporter: wolf approximate, the main headline is afghan forces taking over control from u.s. forces and that was from president obama and president karzai, that is set to take place in the spring which is a slight acceleration. the other thing we heard from president karzai was that he's open to giving immunity to u.s. troops who may remain beyond 2014. that's immunity from afghan courts as well as their laws and that was a key demand of president obama's for having troop remain. president karzai said that the u.s. will hand over control to afghan prisoners to afghan officials and that was a key demand of karzai's for having troops remain. really the big headline is acceleration of troops
united together to provide that hope for the american public. >> reporter: republican outrage is personal and pointed at the house speaker for aabruptly canceling the vote in congress. >> the speaker, for some reason, is taking it out on new york and long island and new jersey and it's a disgrace. >> reporter: what did happen? >> eric cantor had promised a vote on the aid package before the lame duck session ended. >> the motion is adopted without objection to reconsider is laid on the table. >> reporter: but sources tell cnn right after the toxic fiscal cliff vote the house speak joern cliff vote the house speak joe n janua yanked the bill. >> reporter: the reason? cnn told the speaker he worried it was bad internal politics for him to allow a vote on $60 million after a long day of getting pommelled for spending. >> on a political chest board of politics our people were played last night as a pawn. >> i called the speaker four times last night after 11:20 and he did not take my calls. it is why the american people hate congress. it's why they hate them. >> reporter: and this meeting tha
secretary chuck hagel. >>> also, an unfolding scandal involving a united states senator denying allegations of prostitution and free plane trips. >>> eight "new york times" reveals its been under attacks for months by someone in china. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." we were bracing for fireworks at today's confirmation hearing for defense secretary nominee chuck hagel but it actually turned out to be even a lot tougher than many of us expected. republicans grilled hagel raising serious questions about his past statements and positions, especially about israel and iran. at times, hagel seemed to struggle to answer some of those tough questions and other times he gave answers he later had to clarify. let's go to our chief white house correspondent jessica yellin. jessica, it was a tough, tough day for chuck hagel? >> reporter: so far it has been, wolf. chuck was battered by republicans, forcing some stumbles and bruising. so far, no knockout blow but the day of questioning is not over yet. former senator chuck hagel sat at the table alone fielding hostile questions, includi
at the united nations. so there's another visual for you, wolf, of women. but i've been told by a few sources, as i've been looking into these cabinet appointments, that they are really actively going after a woman to run the commerce department which is another key cabinet position. so they are on the hunt for women. >> the "new york times" did an analysis of female high level appointees over the past three administrations and they said the obama and clinton administration had 43% compared to the bush administration which had a 33% rate. so obviously things for women are improving. >> that's what they say. and there's another picture that ran in the "new york times" todays. i'm not sure if we have it but there's a picture -- there it is. there's a picture that ran in the "new york times" today. again, another visual that the white house doesn't like. if you look closely, wolf, there's a leg there in front of the president's desk and that's valerie's leg. that's a really important leg because she's a key adviser to the president. she has his ear and she is the first among equals in many circl
if you ask me. >> in 1992 her 4uz was elected president of the united states. if anything i know about her and i covered her as a first lady and senator and secretary of state. i don't think she was reluctant at all on benghazi. i think she wanted to defend or explain or do whatever she could to let the public o public know what was going on. >> i don't have any doubt about that. all of benghazi that turned out and mistakes were made and responsibility was taken. investigation was put in. i don't think anything is investigated with as much cooperation as this was. i can't imagine what it is that these people want other than the fact that they have some intense hatred for the secretary of state that can't be explained. they should just go out and say it. one was this clown. it's hard for me to know how somebody can say what he said. hillary hating is old and deep and still alive. i was hoping after the tremendous service to the country it would have dissipated, awe b parentally not. >> ambassador to the united nations, let's look ahead. 2016 as i love doing and you love doing as well. i
, we got the president of the united states to break his campaign pledge on the $250,000 tax threshold, take it up to 4 had 00, 450,000 and we didn't make huge concessions. i mean we. they weren't in the room negotiating. so i think their theory is, we pushed, obama bent, let's ping-pong the bill back and let's see if they bend a little more. i think what that misses is an immense pressure, not democrats and republicans on the left that won't let them play ping-pong with the bill. >> can the democrats accept the little ping-pong right now in the next 24 hours? let's say the house passes the senate version with one amendment that calls for specific additional spending cuts and it goes to the senate, be do you think that's doable? >> it depends on what those spending cuts are and i think that the leaders in the senate will look at it because i think the american people do deserve for leaders to be responsible and here's where i think the republicans are really going wrong on two front. this is so politically perilous for them. they lost the election in november because the american peopl
. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the room. i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room". >> a new year, a new congress and new cabinet to put together, and a very tough agenda for lawmakers and the president in the weeks ahead. let's begin our coverage right now with our national correspondent, jim acosta, he's up on capitol hill. >> reporter: some things will not change. john boehner is still the speaker of the house. but there are lots of new faces on capitol hill and some of them are ready for a fight. the newly sworn in 113th congress is so diverse it is redefining the term, ladies of the house. there are more women than ever before. roughly a 100, add that to the approximately 43 african-americans, 31 latinos, 12 asians, and seven gay and bisexual politicians, and many have taken notice. >> it means we reflect america more. the district i come from is very diverse. and it is good to see congress starting to look like the rest of america. >> reporter: but some things will stay the same on capitol hill. john boehner survived the gop defectio
, there she was, you see the president of the united states. she is campaigning for the president of the united states. this was late october, the las vegas rally -- you notice the skin tight white dress, designed to look like a presidential ballot. that was the box -- see the name barack obama, she -- joe biden. there she was supporting the president of the united states. very, very, very cool. >> i think it is starting right now. >> something is coming up. >> we're watching people come out right now, the kids' inaugural concert. >> looks like dr. jill biden, and some of her grandchildren, as well as the first lady and their daughters. and this is, i believe, the first live performance of the new michelle obama bangs. >> you can see there, there is sasha and mahlia over there, they will have fun tonight, we'll watch it unfold. we'll begin with the pledge of allegiance, and usher will be performing. >> looks like we're welcoming everybody. most of them children of service members. and brooke baldwin will bring us live coverage of that throughout the evening. you see the first lady
can't let the united states of america default, that's not who we are, and that the american public will be embarrassed by this fight. the republicans are making the calculation, you know what, the public is going to be on our side, because we have to get on a path of fiscal sustainability over the long term so they're going to be with us, they're going to want spending cuts. >> we've been measuring the political pressure on the speaker as it builds, it seems, to a big climax here. how much pressure is he in right now? >> huge amount of pressure. don't forget, he didn't have a great time in the fiscal cliff fight. he couldn't bring a majority of his own caucus to vote for that final proposal. this time, his own caucus has put him on notice. a, don't you dare propose anything that doesn't have a majority of us on board to begin with. and, b, we want dollar for dollar parity. over dollar you raise on the debt limit, we want a dollar of spending cuts. that's a very difficult, almost impossible task. unless you get some kind of grand bargain. which, sense these two groups are talking pa
to the president of the united states, the first lady and their dog bo. but, wolf, soon the glow of the inauguration will wear off. the fight over debt and spending will heat up and the president will not have much time to press his second term agenda and the priorities that he wants to fight for. high spirits -- ♪ i'm so in love with you >> reporter: -- high fashion and high fetching goals. >> revamp our tax code. our gay brothers and sisters, hopeful immigrants. >> reporter: expect president obama to tackle immigration reform first. >> our journey is not complete until we find a way to welcome the striving immigrants. >> reporter: the president overwhelmingly won 71% of the latino vote in november. the american people are on board. a new cnn poll shows 53% believe illegal immigrant should have a path to residency. another goal, national security. >> we the people still believe that enduring security does not require perpetual war. >> reporter: as more u.s. troops leave afghanistan, the president is increasingly focused on a new kind of war fighting, shifting from ground troop
circle. also, the fierce spread of the flu across the united states and now a shortage of a critical medicine used to treat it. >>> plus, prominent voices lending support to an unlikely idea of a trillion dollar coin. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> judgment, integrity, and friendship all cited by president obama as he nominated his chief of staff, jack lew, to be the next treasury secretary but the announcement is drawing attention to the makeup of the president's second-term cabinet. it's on track to be dominated by men. our white house correspondent brianna keilar is joining us from the white house. what is the white house saying about all of this? >> reporter: wolf, the white house has been asked about this quite a bit. white house press secretary jay carney has said that the president believes diversity is important and he's highlighted that there are a number of women serving in the white house and in the administration and indeed there are, wolf, and there's lack of topics in his cabinet. president obama choose a trusted insider to replace timothy geithne
fees. >>> fewer than four days the president of the united states will deliver his second inaugural address. two of washington's former top speechwriters are here in "the situation room" with some advice. paul begala and david frum are coming up. so...how'd it go? well, dad, i spent my childhood living with monks learning the art of dealmaking. you've mastered monkey-style kung fu? no. priceline is different now. you don't even have to bid. master hahn taught you all that? oh, and he says to say (translated from cantonese) "you still owe him five bucks." your accent needs a little work. ♪ ♪ [ slap! ] [ slap! slap! slap! slap! ] ow! ow! [ male announcer ] your favorite foods fighting you? fight back fast with tums. calcium-rich tums starts working so fast you'll forget you had heartburn. ♪ tum tum tum tum tums ♪ before copd... i took my son fishing every year. we had a great spot not easy to find, but worth it. but with copd making it hard to breathe i thought those days might be over. so my doctor prescribed symbicort. it helps significantl
on the floor of the house of representatives, the house read the entire united states constitution. it's actually the second time they did it. they did it in 2011 for the first time. the question really is whether this needs to happen every two years with all of the pressing issues that congress has to deal with, shouldn't it be using its time better, ari fleischer? >> joe, i loved it. and i think there's a lack of this in our schools. we don't teach civics that much in schools. and we really don't spend enough time teaching children the basics of the american government beginning with the declaration and constitution as well as the bill of rights. i love civic lessons like this. i think it's instructive. i hope a lot of schools pick up what congress is doing today and talk to children about the very same documents and have them read them. >> cornell, quickly? >> you know there's going to be a point where ari and i are going to have a strong disagreement. i strongly disagree. when you look at americans struggling right now and the ideal that they are going to spend this time reading th
for the united states in northern africa. >> we are in for a struggle, but it is a necessary struggle. we cannot permit northern mali to become a safe haven. >> reporter: clinton made clear her view, that despite the high risks, the u.s. cannot retreat in the muslim world, which the late chris stevens new better than anyone, wolf. >> but it's over for the secretary of state now. she did her 5 1/2 hours of q&a with members of the senate, members of the house. now she moves on. john kerry's getting ready to start his own confirmation hearings. >> though, wolf, there was a big 2016 subtext to all of this. if secretary clinton ultimately runs for president, this is not the last we have heard of this, not the last we've heard of that bite, that we ran at the beginning of the piece. and of course, two members of the senate who might run for president as well were asking her questions. rand paul, very aggressive, and pla marco rubio, who was a little bit more subdued. >> less aggressive, marco rubio, than rand paul. so what you're saying is, potentially, if she decides to run for president in 2016, and
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